More malware than ever. In other news, there's also more computer use than ever. But the two can't possibly be related, malware use is dramatically increasing and buying McAfee is your only chance of survival!
Norton's most recent software is entirely problem free and is shown to be more efficient at detecting malware than free competitors. Most reviews say the same of Kaspersky. McAfee gets decent approval ratings too.
Free AV isn't as good as paid, but it's close. Indeed, using a free scanning tool like Malwarebytes Anti Malware is a great help, no matter what AV you're using.
I'm actually seeing two trends developing in my field.....Malware is at an all time high, and end-user common sense is at an all-time low. We routinely have our end-users installing things and giving out their exchange email passwords to phishing mails, even though we send out company-wide emails reminding users of COMMON SENSE practices.
I laugh at people that say it's the Antivirus firms themselves creating the viruses and malware. They couldn't possibly create that much dirt by themselves while still having time to code their antivirus, testing, researching, developing and pay all the staff needed!
I do wish I was paid to hunt down those malware / virus writers, including scam artists. Is there a job for "Legal Hitman for the good of humanity"?
its almost laughable the amount of buissness that have inadiquate protection, any it admim worth there salt knows anti-virus programs only treat infections they dont prevent them
most people are sucerd in with macaffe and other peoples hype about needing an anti-virus
you only need an antivirus to remove programs what you really need is to fix the problem and the simplist way to do this is with a firewall for example look at this persons security website which actually shows you the benerfits of one
[citation][nom]Rab1d-BDGR[/nom]McAffee's software is often worse for somputers than the malware. The *only* time the network at my office got a virus, McAfee couldn't see anything wrong at all. I had to prove to the I.T. department that the virus existed and then they had to use malwarebytes to clean the network.[/citation]
Last "virus" type issue we had at our office malwarebytes refused to update itself, and when it scanned it said nothing was wrong. Yet our web browsers had been hijacked so every link redirected to a spoof site.
The expensive corporate antivirus didn't block it out either.
I'll stick with my free Avast that I use at home. Never had a problem.
[citation][nom]eyemaster[/nom]I do wish I was paid to hunt down those malware / virus writers, including scam artists. Is there a job for "Legal Hitman for the good of humanity"?[/citation]
I know people in the field who do that. They're pretty damn smart. Pulling apart code, sifting through assembly, tracking through logs... neat stuff. I wish I had more time to study my programming. These are the guys who take down botnets, seize control of the C&C servers, tell the botnet "YOU ARE NOW UNDER OUR CONTROL" and try to hamstring it.
The strange thing, up until around a few years ago, most botnets didn't use hardly any encryption, what they did use was as weak as ROT13.
[citation][nom]subgum[/nom]I haven't used anti-virus for years and my machine had never been infected. Use your brain, don't click on what you shouldn't.[/citation]
As for protection, AV is not a cure-all, nor is "not going to those parts of the net". Infected PDFs, Flash, Advertisements, etc... there are more and more ways they keep figuring out how to infect your computer. They show up in more and more places, facebook, news sites, many many websites.
I don't use anti-virus software myself. Just have some common sense and you should be fine. And to those saying if i don't have protection how do I know I'm not infected... I scanned my system after a year of not using antivirus and what did i find? Nothing. Not a single virus.